LONG BEACH (CBSLA) – The Acura Grand Prix in Long Beach returned this weekend for the first time since it was forced to cancel events during last year’s state pandemic lockdown.
Fans have not been able to catch a glimpse of race cars flashing around the streets of Long Beach since 2019, and those who showed up for the weekend’s event schedule were ready.
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“Oh, yes, love it,” said racing fan Tony Gillespie. “NASCAR, runs everything to smell that smoke.”
Tony Huerta, another fan, reiterated the mood, adding that he has been to the Grand Prix event for decades.
“It’s great to be out here. I have been coming here since the first time it ever was, back in ’72. I think it was Formula 1. So for us to miss a race it was tough, ”said Huerta.
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The race looks different in different ways. COVID-19 safety protocols mean that masks were required, even in an outdoor setting, and vaccination status or a negative coronavirus test was checked at the entrance to the event. Organizers said the security measures did not appear to affect attendance.
“We’ve had big crowds all weekend,” said Chris Esslinger, communications director at the Grand Prix.
Fans of Grand Prix races were not the only ones excited about the race’s return. The season finale of the Indy Car Series 2021 also brings a big crush on customers and revenue to local businesses.
“I am also a small business owner. So you know COVID really hurts and they depend on the Grand Prix every year. So I’m glad they have it, ”said Linda Nolasco, a racing fan.
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In 2019, the weekend-long event saw a total of 187,000 spectators and organizers expect to have this number and perhaps more when they count the rest up at the end of the day.
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